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"A Hawker Hurricane Mk I of No 71 (Eagle) Squadron takes off from Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire, as 'XR-Z', another aircraft of the Squadron, taxies to its take-off point."
IWM Photo - CH 2406.

Connections

Units

  • No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 19 September 1940, No. 71 was reformed at Church Fenton as the first 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hurricanes in November and became operational on defensive duties on 5 February 1941. No. 71 converted...

Aircraft

  • V7816

    Hurricane
    Hawker Hurricane Mk I V7816. Coded XR-Z, Assigned to 71 Eagle Sqn RAF.

Locations

  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
    Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars....

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 20:30:01 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
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Date Contributor Update
26 January 2016 14:19:25 Al_Skiff Changes to place associations
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IWM Photo.

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2015 18:05:42 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption and unit associations
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